Alistair Overeem’s Return Targeted For UFC Beijing

Alistair Overeem could be stepping back into the Octagon at UFC Beijing next month.

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Alistair Overeem’s return is reportedly headed for the Octagon fairly soon.

It was reported today by MMA journalist Farah Hannoun that the UFC is targetting “The Reem’s” Octagon return for UFC Beijing next month (Sat. November 24, 2018) in China. His reported opponent is UFC newcomer Sergey Pavlovich:

EXCLUSIVE: Alistair Overeem vs. Sergey Pavlovich in the works for UFC Beijing (November 24th)

Overeem has had a rough time inside the Octagon recently.

He’s currently on a two-fight losing skid and has been finished both times. The first against Francis Ngannou, who uncorked one of the most hellacious knockouts you’ll ever see at UFC 218 last December.

Six months later, Overeem fell victim to Curtis Blaydes, who finished the Dutchman with some nasty elbows on the ground. Now, Overeem is looking to pick up his first win since July of 2017. He might get that opportunity against Pavlovich.

Pavlovich is undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career thus far. He holds a record of 12-0, finishing nine of his wins via knockout. The Russian has fought his past two fights with the Fight Night Global (FNG) promotion.

However, it looks like he’ll get the call from the UFC to take on one of the division’s best.

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Report: Alistair Overeem vs. Sergey Pavlovich Discussed For UFC Beijing

Alistair Overeem may have found a dance partner in Sergey Pavlovich. Overeem was last seen in action back in June. He fell to Curtis Blaydes via TKO in the featured preliminary bout on the UFC 225 card. Now, Overeem trains with Blaydes at Elevation Fig…

Alistair Overeem may have found a dance partner in Sergey Pavlovich. Overeem was last seen in action back in June. He fell to Curtis Blaydes via TKO in the featured preliminary bout on the UFC 225 card. Now, Overeem trains with Blaydes at Elevation Fight Team. Many have been wondering who “The Reem” will collide with […]

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Alistair Overeem Ponders Retirement

Alistair Overeem ponders retirement.

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All good things must come to an end.

Alistair Overeem has been competing in combat sports for over two decades. Many of those years were spent at the highest level, competing in promotions like Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1. “The Reem” would earn championships in each of those organizations.

More recently, Overeem has fallen on harder times. He was brutally knocked out by Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes in his last two fights.

Given Overeem’s recent setbacks fans have begun to call for “The Reem” to hang em’ up. Although he hears the fans concerns, Overeem still believes he can make one more run at UFC gold.

“I’m 38 years old, and that’s important to note,” Alistair Overeem told ESPN. “I fully realize the end of my career is coming. It’s just coming. You can’t fight forever. I’ve had a beautiful career. Twenty-one years … crazy. Twenty-one years of fighting.”

“The end is coming, but I can still do this right now. And I can still go all in.”

“We’re not there yet, but I could see myself in one or two years, three maximum, walking away with a big smile on my face. I feel very content. I love the sport. My life is designed and dedicated to the sport. It’s been one gigantic, beautiful adventure — and I’m enjoying it still.”

Overeem decided to change things up after his last loss. He now calls Elevation MMA home after departing from his longtime team at JacksonWink MMA. Overeem explained he would’ve changed camps sooner had he not been training for Elevation heavyweight Blaydes.

“I’ve noticed some things were missing [in my previous training camps],” Overeem said. “I started to look around at different camps, and I had plans to train in Denver. When the Curtis fight was booked, I put that to the side and trained with what I had at the time. The results weren’t good, and that was a wakeup call for me.”

“I had seen Curtis early this year, and we were talking about me coming to the gym. After our fight happened, I sent him a message, and he said I should still come out. I like the vibe of the gym and the city. I still feel, clearly, as if I can make that next jump.”

Comment below and let us know what you think. How many more fights does Alistair Overeem have left in him?

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Andrei Arlovski Storms Out Of Russian Interview After Getting Clowned

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski isn’t exactly happy with how he’s been promoted by a certain Russian media outlet. The Belarusian brawler, who’s called the United States his home for some time now, recently appeared on a Russian show only to see them introduce him with a video of him being knocked out by […]

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski isn’t exactly happy with how he’s been promoted by a certain Russian media outlet.

The Belarusian brawler, who’s called the United States his home for some time now, recently appeared on a Russian show only to see them introduce him with a video of him being knocked out by Alistair Overeem.

Arlovski will face Shamil Abdurakhimov at Saturday’s (Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Moscow, the promotion’s debut on Russian soil. He was feeling a bit of favoritism in this media appearance.

In the video, Arlovski calls out the show for rooting for Russian fighters:

“We are live, right? OK, let’s just stop this interview. You are rooting only for the Russian fighters. Thank you, good bye.”

The former champ has seen better days in his decorated UFC career, having lost six of his last eight pro MMA bouts.

But it’s a bit misleading as well, as he only recently lost a close decision to Tai Tuivasa ar June’s UFC 225. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak, something he’ll be looking to rekindle in Moscow this weekend.

When he does, it doesn’t seem like he’ll have the backing of the Russian media behind him.

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Report: Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Set For UFC Beijing

A truly massive heavyweight showdown is reportedly set for UFC Beijing.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou is reportedly set for the UFC’s first foray into Beijing.

Sources told ESPN that the fight will headline the event on November 24, 2018. Both camps have agreed to the fight.

The bout is also a rematch of their 2016 fight which Ngannou won by TKO via doctor’s stoppage.

The surging “Razor” comes into the bout off of by far his biggest win. He finished former title challenger Alistair Overeem via brutal TKO at UFC 225 earlier this year. Blaydes has won five of his six UFC bouts since. The lone blemish was a no contest in his original TKO win over Milstead. That result was overturned when Blaydes tested positive for cannabis.

Ngannou, meanwhile, will come into the fight off a concerning two-fight skid. The once-touted challenger was on top of the MMA world as recently as this January. He knocked out Overeem with one of the more brutal uppercuts MMA has ever seen to earn a shot at then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. Miocic proceeded to throttle Ngannou over the course of five rounds.

He then went on to face Derrick Lewis in one of the summer’s most anticipated fights at UFC 226 in July. The bout was one of the most jaw-droppingly boring fights in UFC heavyweight history. Ngannou lost by unanimous decision to put his future in question.

“The Predator” had knocked out or submitted six straight foes prior to the losing streak.

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Six Fighters Who Turned Their Careers Around In 2018

These six fighters defied the odds and turned their careers around in 2018.

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Mixed martial arts is a crazy and unpredictable sport. It takes a special kind of individual to throw caution into the wind and risk their own physical wellbeing for the sake of entertainment.

There is no blueprint on how to become a fighter. We have seen fighters come from all different walks of life. There have been lifelong athletes that transition into MMA after their collegiate days, and we have seen real estate agents by day turn into savage cage fighters at night.

Likewise, some fighters hit the ground running in MMA, laying waste to opponents right from the very start of their careers. Other fighters don’t quite hit their fighting groove till much later in their careers.

One thing, however, does remain true in combat sports. and particularly MMA. That is you can always expect the unexpected. 2018 has provided mixed martial arts fans with some memorable moments, and with five months still left to go in the year, its a safe bet there are still many more heart-stopping outcomes still to come.

2018 has seen its fair share of comebacks inside the octagon, but we here at Lowkick wanted to put a different spin on the term “comeback.” We took a look back at the first half of 2018 to bring you our list of six fighters who have turned their fight careers around this year.

Here is our list:

Jeremy Stephens

There is perhaps no greater example of what one year can do for an MMA career than Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens.

Stephens first set foot into the Octagon back in 2007 at UFC 71. He would lose his debut against Din Thomas on that night, but here we are over a decade later, and “Lil’ Heathen” has never looked better.

In Stephens’ last outing, he destroyed rising Team Alpha Male contender Josh Emmett via KO at 1:35 of the second round of their main event at UFC on FOX 28 in February. Just one month prior to FOX 28 at UFC Fight Night 124, “Lil Heathen” took out highly-touted prospect Doo Ho Choi in a war that earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

Stephens is 2-0 in 2018 and plans on adding more Ws to the win column before year’s end. He was recently called upon to fill in for Max Holloway at UFC 226 after the champ was removed from the card for exhibiting concussion-like symptoms. “Lil’ Heathen” jumped at the short-notice opportunity, however, his would-be opponent Brian Ortega refused the fight.

Stephens now turns his sights to longtime former featherweight king Jose Aldo, who he will be facing in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 30 next week (July 28, 2018).

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